Even though I have delved into science fiction, television, movies, comics, gaming, parody, and other miscellaneous topics, my love of cars and racing is definitely one of my passions. I wanted my 200th design to be something special, and I believe I have done just that, evoking that admiration and respect for all things that go fast.
In the world of Disney and Pixar’s Cars, Racer Lightning McQueen is stuck in the town of Radiator Springs near Route 66 during the events of the first Cars film. Even though he initially doesn’t want to be there, Lightning warms up to the place, and eventually bases his racing team in the sleepy little town.
So the idea came to mind: what would McQueen’s team logo look like? So I threw around a few ideas, basing it loosely on some NASCAR team logos (Hendrick, Roush, Gibbs, RCR, Stewart-Haas, etc.), but eventually came to the conclusion of rooting it in racing, but evoking a little bit of “American Graphitti”. I wanted to logo to hearken back to the 50’s style of racing, but be respectful to current logos. So I started with Lightning’s colors (Red, Orange, Yellow), and the number style he had at the end of the first film, which is an homage to some of the Grand Prix cars of yesteryear. Add a lightning bold in the back of the team name, a checkered flag to bind the logo together, and the name of the town in a manner that looks like it came from a 50’s Chevy, and the final product was born.
As with all of the designs here, I wanted to pay homage to the source material, whether it took a very long time, or struck my creative mentality very quickly. This was the latter, and I’m very proud to present it here today to all of you as my 200th design.